Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang

Throughout history, architects have engaged with the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering  questions that others have asked. In their pursuit to design the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing number of architects, as well as political leaders, have neglected to recognize the potential of design in the improvement of public life. As the relation between North and South Korea is one of the key issues of global politics, Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang addresses this dynamic by inviting architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of the two city’s officials, and hence, simultaneously to the consciousness of the public.